E is for Evidence, written in 1988, is the fifth book in the “Kinsey Millhone” mystery series by the hilarious Sue Grafton. It’s just before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature is stirring, except for one of Kinsey’s two ex-husbands: Daniel Wade. And if that’s not enough, she takes on a small investigation involving arson, only to find a mysterious $5K deposit into her bank account that she didn’t put there. Something smells a little too much like gas… and yup, it’s her because she’s practically on fire in this installment. Between arson, bombs, odd family relationships, creepy ex-husbands and some sort of money pay off scheme, Kinsey’s stuck in the middle of a bad puzzle. My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kinsey is a fantastic character. She has a few flaws and annoying habits, but for the most part, she’s a strong female lead who can demonstrate intelligence, charm and consideration. The series is dependable, providing laughs, a little drama and suspense, a cozy warm feeling and usually something new and exciting. This is a fine example of a typical novel in the series, and you really either like these types of books or you don’t. I enjoy them because it transports you into a world you likely never get to participate in… solving crimes, pushing people, getting a bit nosy… and we all like those things from time to time. What’s good about this one is you learn more about the Kinsey from the past thru her relationship with her ex, Daniel.
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